From boot boy at Luton Town to his partner in central defence, Leon Barnett has made a big impression on Wigan Athletic captain Emmerson Boyce with his consistent performances this season.
Latics are on a run of four straight clean sheets in the Championship with Barnett at the heart of the defence, and the 28-year-old has missed just one game all season, Latics' trip to Belgium in the Europa League against Zulte Waregem.
Impressed by the 28-year-old’s impact at the club, Boyce said:
“Leon wants to play every game and he’s made this amount of appearances on merit – his performances haven’t dipped from his debut against Barnsley to the cup replay against MK Dons, he’s one of the team’s main assets and a big reason we’ve been keeping so many clean sheets lately.
“He deserves great credit for his record so far and to be fair he’s not a player who would complain about having too many games or a niggling injury, he just gets on with things – he must be a manager’s dream!
“Not a lot gets past him; he’s strong, quick, great in the air and good in those one-v-one situations and on top of all that he’s a great lad to have in the dressing room.
“Obviously he’s got all this from being my boot boy at Luton Town,” added Boyce.
“I hope he carries on his good form, because we’ll keep getting better if he does and I’m sure he will.”
With Latics unbeaten in the Championship under Uwe Rosler, Boyce praised the impression his manager is making at the club, saying:
“As a team we’re starting to show our potential. The Manager has come in and put his style and thoughts across to us and everyone has embraced that on and off the field.
“We’re perhaps playing a bit more football than before, but more than anything we’ve got that determination back in our play and a never-say-die attitude which has got us through some tough games and up the table.”
As Latics continue their progress in the Championship, you can still make it to the Doncaster Rovers game to back the team, with tickets available to buy on the day from the Keepmoat Stadium.